Halloween has now become a popular custom for children in Sydney. It’s a lot of fun, however it also increases their consumption of lollies and sugary treats, creating the potential for increase in cavities.
The increased sugar intake can lead to cavities as sticky sweets are likely to get stuck in between teeth and sit there overnight. Children are very prone to cavities (caused by the decay, or softening of the enamel), often on the chewing surfaces where food gets trapped in crevices that children are likely to miss while brushing. That’s why it’s so important for parents to be vigilant about their brushing on Halloween when we know they’re grazing on more sweets than usual – but all year round too!
What You Can Do Around Halloween
- It’s about good habits, and children should get into the routine of brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, combined with using floss to get out all the nasties from between the teeth.
- Pick a toothbrush that’s designed especially for your child’s age group – not only are they softer and easier to hold, the fun animations on the brushes make for a better experience, encouraging kids to enjoy brushing time.
- Choose a power (electric) toothbrush to help your child. A new research revealed that 61% of kids aren’t using power toothbrushes, despite their proven benefits.
- Make sure that the children don’t constantly graze on sweets is important as they may have an abundant supply after their Halloween bounty!
- For healthier treats, here are some brilliant ideas from Oral-B.
- If your child has not been to a dentist for a dental hygiene treatment for a while, it’s a good idea to ring up the dentist and book in an appointment! The Australian Dental Association recommends having your teeth checked and professionally cleaned every 6 months. Make an appointment with About Smiles Kids.